Rabat – A report released on November 23 by the Ministry of Education concluded that less than half of all teachers in Morocco are not qualified to teach French.
The report surveyed 128,000 teachers and found that only 60,000 had the necessary language skills to teach French.
Morocco’s Conseil Supérieur de l’Enseignement et de la Recherche Scientifique, a government-led organization dedicated to improving the country’s education system, recommends that French should still be taught as the nation’s primary foreign language.
The Council plans on keeping French instruction at all levels, along with Arabic.
The report, which focuses on the department’s strategies and goals for the next 15 years, also detailed the economic benefits of better education. The report claims education supports social-economic mobility and could be a staple in the country’s stability.
It also mentions educational reform as a priority in Morocco’s social and economic growth.
The Minister of Education, Rachid Belmokhtar, will launch a program to build on the existing training for teachers to help improve the French language skills.
Belmokhtar admitted at a press conference on Monday that his department has struggled with hiring qualified instructors and providing them with adequate training.
He plans to update the educational resources and training available to teachers, analyze the regions in which Moroccan teachers are in demand (such as the Gulf) and recognize those who improved their French language skills.
Morocco’s Ministry of Education released another report earlier this month concluding that 78 percent of Moroccan students do not understand their curriculum. Belmokhtar’s solution to this issue is to provide more schools with access to resources like electricity and water.